2 cases of UK COVID variant confirmed in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Two people in Nashville have tested positive for the U.K. COVID-19 variant, the director of the Metro Public Health Department said Thursday.

During the city’s weekly coronavirus news briefing, Dr. Gill Wright revealed the two cases involving Nashville residents were reported to his office Wednesday night.

Dr. Wright initially said the two were the same pair of variant cases confirmed Jan. 21 by the Tennessee Department of Health; however, Metro Public Health Department spokesperson, Brian Todd confirmed Thursday afternoon that the Nashville cases were in addition to the two previously reported by the state.

The health department did not disclose the severity of the symptoms of those with the variant, but said the two cases are not connected.

While Dr. Wright said the U.K. variant is 30% to 70% more contagious, there is no evidence that it is more lethal. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been shown to “work well” against the variant, he added.

While the variants from Brazil and South Africa have been detected in the U.S., the U.K. variant is the only one that has been confirmed in Tennessee.

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(This reflects what the TDH reports each day. )

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